If Jayson Nix is a baseball player because he does something every day, today he did a lot of things. Some good, some bad, as is the life of a utility player. He knocked in two of the Yankees' runs with his two hits and then was nearly picked off trying to steal, but ended up being safe when Alex Liddi dropped the throw at first. He also bobbled a potential double play ball that eventually led to a run in the fourth inning. Lucky for the Yankees, he helped the team more than he hurt them and the Yankees won 3-1.
Andy Pettitte was outstanding today against the Mariners. He was dominant and he was efficient, needing only 85 pitches to get into the eighth inning. He struck out six without walking a single batter and only gave up his first two hits in the fourth inning. That inning proved to be the only difficulty for him as he gave up singles to Jason Bay and Kyle Seager, then he got an inning ending double play ball from Kendrys Morales, but Nix couldn't field the ball. That allowed Michael Morse to score a run off a sacrifice fly, but Pettitte was shutdown from that point on and didn't give up another hit until the eighth inning.
It was a good day for the Pettitte household as Andy's son, Josh Pettitte, was drafted by the Yankees in the 37th round just after his dad left the game in line for his 250th career win.
The Yankees offense has been shaky recently, especially when they got beaten by Jeremy Bonderman just last night, but they were able to scratch enough runs across to get a win. In the first inning Mark Teixeira doubled and Robinson Cano singled him in. They would score again in the fifth inning to retake the lead when Ichiro Suzuki walked and Chris Stewart singled. Brett Gardner hit into a double play that never was after there was a bobble at second base, then Nix, seeking redemption, singled to make it 2-1. The Yankees tacked on an insurance run in the seventh when Brett Gardner doubled and Nix again singled to make it 3-1
David Robertson came on to replace Pettitte in the eighth and walked a batter, but got out of the inning. Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth and gave up a hit, a walk, and struck out the side to nail down his 22nd save.
Brett Gardner had a three hit day with two doubles and Vernon Wells seemingly came to life and collected two hits. Jayson Nix was the offensive player of the game with two hits, a walk and a stolen base to make up for a missed play in the field.